Practices, Challenges and Coping Strategies of the Elementary Science Teachers


Authors : Liezel Visitacion Patadilla-Naquines; Dr. Gloria E. Bandala

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 1 - January

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7647939

This study aimed to identify the practices, challenges encountered and coping strategies of the elementary Science teachers during this pandemic. This study used descriptive -survey design with qualitative support in gathering the data. There were sixty-one purposely chosen teachers that served as respondents of the study. The socio-demographic profile of the respondents, practices in teaching elementary Science, and challenges encountered as well as their coping strategies were gathered through a survey using Google forms sent via messenger apps to the principals of Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Lanao del Norte. PSPP software and MS 365 were used to analyze the data. The practices were identified based on monitoring and assessment, designing learner centered-activities, knowledge construction and finding and implementing ways to extend students’ knowledge and skills. Instructional materials, parental support, classroom management, pupils’ motivation, pupils’ cognitive ability and learning environment were the classified challenges encountered by the teachers. Results revealed that monitoring and assessment, designing learner-centered activities and finding and implementing ways to extend students’ knowledge and skills were found to be highly practiced by the respondents. Meanwhile, pupils’ cognitive ability was considered as the highly encountered challenge by the teachers in teaching elementary Science. To cope with the challenges, teachers employed the following strategies: time management, communication, being optimistic and self-motivated, thinking of alternative plans, and adapting to new trends, strategies, and approaches in delivering the lesson. A proposed action plan was also presented in the study. Effective and efficient communication among parents and colleagues, managing time appropriately and embracing the changes will help them adjust in the new normal education system.

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